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Favorite Apps For Every Day Mom Life

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It’s no surprise to anyone these days that our phones/apps play a huge role in our every day life.  We take pictures, we have all of our social media on there to keep up with, email, etc.  So it makes sense to get as much as we can out of it.  I wanted to share some of my favorite apps that I’ve been using lately that help and entertain me through the day! Wunderlist – For Productivity I found this app not too long ago and have loved using it!  It’s really helped out with planning Ro’s first birthday and keeping up with all there is to do with that.  Plus, who doesn’t love checking things off their to-do list?!  I think my favorite part of the app is the little sound it makes when you check off an item.  “DING!” So satisfying! This App has also helped me because I always have my phone but I don’t always remember to bring along a list I may have written at home.  I can’t tell you how many grocery lists I’ve left at home while rushing out the door. Fooducate – For Healthy Living This app is awesome.  My dad introduced…

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Girl Mom with Jenna from Espresso Ever After

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Hi! My name is Jenna Wodiske and I’m the mommy/lifestyle blogger behind Espresso Ever After Blog. I am having way too much fun living this mommy-hood life in sunny Arizona! I am a Jesus lover, wifey to a fantastic husband, and a mommy to two beautiful little girls; Paisley (three years old) and Payton (one year old).  I am a topknot-wearing, photo-obsessing, latte-loving mama … enjoying this thing called real life! My passion is encouraging other moms to be the best them and to embrace their authentic motherhood, so that in return we can all grow and become the best moms to our little ones.  Head on over to my blog, I can’t wait to meet you! RAISING GIRLS If I could have asked my younger self where I would be at age 31… I promise you I never would have imagined a mom to two beautiful girls! I always thought that I would make a great boy-mom, and truly anticipated having a home full of dirt-covered little dudes and a family room covered in sports balls and legos! BOY was I wrong! God has a great sense of humor. Instead I have a home full of princess dresses, an over-sized bright-pink Barbie…

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What Being a Formula Feeding Mom Means to Me

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A couple of weeks ago, national breast feeding week/month kicked off.  I’ve seen tons (and TONS) of posts about normalizing breast feeding, “breast is best”, and extended breast feeding.  These posts are all wonderful, but they kinda make me sad sometimes.  When Ro was just a month or two old, I wrote about my dislike for breastfeeding.  Not that I don’t think people should do it, just that it was not an enjoyable, easy experience for me.  You can read the full post HERE. Pretty soon after that, I wrote another post entitled “A Farewell to Breastfeeding”.  It didn’t last very long for me, just under a whopping three months, and I was ok with that.  But there was/is a small part of me that is not ok with it.  A small part of me that is sad about it.  How in the world am I sad, STILL sad about something I didn’t enjoy in the first place?  I’m not sad that I don’t have any documentation of breast feeding like some women.  But I guess I wonder if getting help from a lactation consultant would have made it better, easier.  I wonder if I gave up too soon.  I…

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What Being A __________ Mom Means To Me

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I could fill that blank with so many different words.  As mothers, we wear five million and one hats while trying to change a diaper and snacking on whatever is leftover from the older child(red)’s lunch.  But there are also things that set us apart from others and mold us into the kind of moms that our children need.  God gives us these beautiful blessings we call our children for a reason.  There is a reason I don’t have girls and there is a reason that Gav is so strong willed.  There is a reason that Ro is so easy going and there’s a reason why breastfeeding just didn’t work for me. This is a journey.  The word journey is defined as such: journey noun 1.  an act of traveling from one place to another. verb 1.  travel somewhere. And that is exactly what we do as moms.  We travel both literally (i.e. soccer games, summer camps, grocery store, etc.) and figuratively.  We are navigating from one stage of our children’s lives to the next, adjusting to what that new environment means for them and us.  You know exactly what I mean if you’ve ever transitioned to the wonderful age…

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Screen Free Week Review

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We made it through screen free week and everyone is still alive!  Hard to believe right?  (I kid…but seriously this wasn’t easy.)  But it was a great way for me to spend extra quality time with my kids and enjoy them being this little.  It ended up being a much busier week than I had anticipated but we definitely fit in some fun activities.  Here’s a break down of how the week went: Monday As expected, the first thing Gav did when he woke up was ask to watch TV which is exactly why I decided to do this challenge!  The answer was, of course, no but we sat and read some of his chapter book.  And by some I mean just about 50 pages worth.  He was really into it and it was awesome!  Then we were off to the dentist.  No big deal right? As soon as we walk in, Zootopia is playing on the TV in the waiting room as well as all the screens above the chairs where they clean teeth.  *facepalm*  Gav’s eyes got pretty wide as he looked at me.  I told him that this was ok, not everyone is doing screen free week,…

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Screen Free Week Printable

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I’m ready!  I have a full list of fun things we can do for our screen free week and I know we’re going to have fun.  I also know that this will be quite a challenge and there will be down time.  But learning that down time is actually a positive thing is a good lesson for Gav to learn.  I’m not saying that he’ll get it right away, he is only 4 after all, but maybe after this week he can start to realize that it’s good for him.  You’ll be able to see how we’re doing through the week on Instagram! (I said that it would be *mostly* screen free for me and I promise to only ‘Gram when it’s quiet time or I’m in the bathroom or something.)   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD You can see what’s on our list of fun activities for next week in the first pic!  What would you put on your list? XO, Kelly

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Getting Ready For A Screen Free Week

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You read that right!  I’m taking on the challenge to go (mostly) screen free for a whole week.  Why mostly? For one, I will still be working at night and while other people are watching the boys, I won’t make them adhere to it.  I know that some will scoff at that and say that these are my kids and I can enforce what I want to.  But I’m not, because we have parents that are generous enough to watch the boys and we don’t have to pay for child care so if they want the TV on, fine by me. Second, I’ll still be watching a show here or there after the boys are in bed and I’d like to keep up my blogging and instagramming as well.  This is mainly for Gav.  I think that sometimes I rely on TV or movies a bit too much when I need to do things around the house.  Even if it’s just as background noise.  Gav will watch things periodically, but a lot of times he’s not sitting and staring like a zombie.  I will also say that since he mainly watches educational TV, i.e. PBS, he’s actually learned a good…

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Calming the Clutter Chaos

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If you’ve been reading this little blog for a while or you just happen to know me, you know that clutter gives me the willies.  It, very literally, gives me anxiety.  Watching the show Hoarders, is not really an option for me.  Not that it’s actually been diagnosed, but I’m 99.9 percent sure I have OCD.  So, how in the world do I deal with having two young kids and a busy schedule. Well first, let’s be real for second.  Sometimes I don’t.  Plain and simple.  There are days where everything piles up without warning and I have to take a moment or two to breathe through it.  But, for the most part, I’ve come to find three things that work very well for me if I do them each day.   1. Make the Beds. This automatically makes the room open up.  Disheveled sheets and pillows on the floor add to the clutter and look messy.  I usually have Gav make his own bed but sometimes it still looks disheveled. But, it’s creating independence for him and it still gets everything off the floor! 2. Throw in one load of laundry. Just one, each day.  This is super easy…

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Life Lately

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Oh hey there! Remember me? The past couple of weeks have been really…well, real.  We’ve had quite a bit going on in a short period of time and all the while life still had to happen.  Making sure the boys are taken care of, both my husband and I going to work, soccer and tae kwon do for Gav, summer camps, and so on.  I have felt more like an adult in these last few weeks than I have in my entire adult life and at the same time, I’ve felt like I’ve needed an adult other than myself.  I’ve been praying more than I ever have before, both in an effort to pray more and an effort to keep it all together.  Sometimes things fall to the wayside when life gets “in the way” and I’m so sad that this little space of mine was one that fell through the cracks.  I enjoy writing and I enjoy creating and those things have had to take a back seat.  But the storm is settling and I’ve recouped for the most part. The Lord works in mysterious ways and I think that I can say with some certainty that his purpose…

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3 Things You Need to Get Over When You Become A Parent

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It pretty much goes without saying that life changes when you have kids.  It most definitely and overwhelmingly changes for the better but there are things within that change that are, I’ll say it, not so great too.  And it changes with each child you have too.  Of course it does!  Life is totally different now that I have two then when it was just one.  Everything takes a little more time, there are more little people that need my attention, I’m constantly moving, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  These are things you can easily roll with and they’re not that difficult to deal with.  But I’ve found that there are three things that are so drastically different once you have little ones that you just have to get over them.  There’s no changing these facts, they’re inevitable, and there’s no way to get around them. POOP Once you become a parent, the “ish” can figuratively, and LITERALLY, hit the fan.  In our case, with Gav, the “ish” literally hit the curtains.  Your life becomes more about poop than you ever knew it could.  You are analyzing it, talking about it, checking for changes, checking its consistency,…

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